Monthly Archives: April 2020

Are you liable the first time your dog bites someone in Virginia?

Serving as a personal injury attorney on cases involving dog bites can sometimes leave people thinking that perhaps I’m not a “dog” person. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our family has rescued 2 dogs ourselves and one, Maybelle, has become a member of our family, almost like a 4th child! We love dogs. That’s why we try to educate dog owners on their duties to properly control their dog, so no one gets hurt and the police don’t have to come and take the dog away. It’s often said that Virginia law follows the “one-bite rule”, suggesting that a dog owner isn’t liable the first time hisa dog bites someone. In other words, the dog gets a “free bite”, so to speak. But this is not really an accurate description of Virginia law. Evidence of prior aggressive behavior can be enough to prove liability, even without a prior bite. Your Responsibility as a [...]

By |2020-04-20T11:20:47+00:00April 20th, 2020|Dog Bites|

Virginia Laws About Teens & Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is more than just a practice area at the law firm for me… it's personal. You see, my wife & I have 3 beautiful children. 2 of them are in high school. 1 just got her license and the other is a 14-year-old who’s almost ready to start driving. I’ve watched my kids struggle, as yours probably do too, to ignore their phones going off at dinner or while talking. They get a text or notification and can’t help but look at their phones. It’s a conditioned response. Watching their struggle, I can’t help but wonder if teens in general will be able to change this behavior to become safe drivers. That’s why it’s more important than ever to share information about how to stay safe on the road. Statistics About Teen Driving Safety Even if you don’t have teens of your own, you know someone who does. Either way, you’re guaranteed to [...]

By |2020-04-28T16:29:11+00:00April 13th, 2020|Auto Accidents|